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Communication Lab Manager/Lecturer

Job Posting 22177. Apply at Careers at MIT.

COMMUNICATION LAB MANAGER/LECTURER, Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE)-Communication Lab, to manage a peer-coaching program that builds students’ and postdocs’ written, oral, and visual communication skills in the nuclear field; manage the NSE Seminar course (22.911); and support faculty with their integrated communication curriculum. Will recruit, train, and supervise 6-10 graduate students serving as peer coaches; design and execute a creative outreach strategy for the lab; design and distribute marketing materials; deliver informational talks/pitches; work with faculty to develop instructional materials that teach the rhetorical principles of written, oral, and visual communication; assist with thesis prospectus preparation; coordinate support for presenters at annual research expo; and serve on a team NSE’s strategic and operational plans with the overall program’s vision and goals budget.  Will also teach principles of written, oral, and visual communication, with specific attention to customs and practices in the field of nuclear science and engineering; and assist faculty with designing and implementing new mechanisms and assignments for teaching undergraduate/graduate students in areas of scientific communication in other NSE courses.  

REQUIRED A Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in a  related policy area, by the inception of the fellowship. Qualified candidates who lack an advanced degree in nuclear engineering are welcome to apply. A variety of other professional experiences or educational background (e.g., spanning STEM and/or security policy) may provide appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research. The position is ideal for someone seeking to develop a career in the field of nuclear security broadly.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

The Communication Lab Manager (60%) will:

  • Recruit, train, and supervise 6-10 Nuclear Science and Engineering Communication Fellows (NSE graduate students serving as peer coaches) as they provide peer coaching and communication support for the department; mentor the Fellows as they meet learning milestones and deadlines, and support them in producing exemplary quality work; assign grades when Fellows participate in Communication Lab activities for course credit (22.93).
  • Design and execute a creative outreach strategy for the Lab to ensure client flow and awareness of services: design and distribute marketing materials; deliver informational talks and pitches; disseminate resources; collaborate with faculty, students/postdocs, and academic programs to identify needs and propose solutions; collect and analyze lab data to help the team make program decisions and evaluate its effectiveness.
  • Provide direct educational support; work with NSE’s faculty to develop instructional materials that teach the rhetorical principles of written, oral, and visual communication; evaluate and respond to student writing and speaking in a variety of contexts, including individual conferences and small-group peer workshops; manage relationships with clients across campus—students of all levels, faculty, administrators.
  • Identify learning opportunities and develop new programs based on NSE-specific communication needs; maintain current initiatives such as NSE PHinisheD (a community of doctoral thesis writers); assist with thesis prospectus preparation; coordinate support for presenters at NSE’s annual research expo.
  • Serve on a larger interdepartmental Communication Lab team with the Director, departmental Program Managers, and Communication Instructors to align NSE’s strategic and operational plans with the overall program’s vision and goals. 
  • Collaborate with a program assistant to ensure the lab’s administrative needs are met, including financial support of Fellows, materials, maintenance of Communication Lab website and coaching schedule, and budget.

The Lecturer* (40%) will:

  • Teach principles of written, oral, and visual communication specific to nuclear science and engineering in the seminar course 22.911
  • Assist faculty to design and implement new mechanisms and assignments for teaching undergraduate and graduate students in areas of scientific communication in other NSE courses.
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*The Lecturer position is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of annual renewal based on performance and course needs.

Supervision Received:

  • Supervision is provided by the NSE Department Head.
  • Supervision Exercised: Instructor will supervise approximately 6-10 graduate student Communication Fellows and may train and coordinate work of other office support staff, student employees and/or temporary staff.
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Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Communications, Science, or Education.
  • A minimum of three years of scientific communication training, coaching, and workshop leadership. 
  • Experience with instructional and assignment design, oral communication instruction, or visual rhetoric.
  • Extraordinary technical communication skills—oral, written and visual design
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback to students, fellows and peers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and administrative staff; a team player
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and plan strategically.
  • Ability to analyze data and use the resulting information to assess the lab’s impact
  • Strategic, creative thinking; strong sense of initiative in designing and implementing projects.
  • Experience in project management, event coordination, or similar.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Sensitivity to organizational dynamics and ability to collaborate with colleagues

PREFERRED

  • Ph.D. Degree in a science or engineering field
  • Proven ability to produce technical content
  • Supervisory experience, specifically with student workers

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.


Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

Job Posting 22060. Apply at Careers at MIT.

Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) is seeking applicants for the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship. Fellows will work on research projects at the intersection of technology and nuclear security policy. Fellows may join an existing project or propose their own.  Projects should take advantage of faculty expertise in NSE. Collaboration with members of the MIT Security Studies Program is encouraged.  Fellows are required to produce an original, policy-relevant paper before the conclusion of the fellowship, preferably a publication in an academic journal Fellows are also required to present their work at the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Seminar hosted by the Stanton Foundation.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000/year.

The fellowship is awarded for one year with an opportunity for one year of renewal. Appointments will typically follow the academic year.

Applications received by March 15, 2023 will be considered for fellowships in the 2023–2024 academic year beginning September 2023. 

REQUIRED A Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in a  related policy area, by the inception of the fellowship. Qualified candidates who lack an advanced degree in nuclear engineering are welcome to apply. A variety of other professional experiences or educational background (e.g., spanning STEM and/or security policy) may provide appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research. The position is ideal for someone seeking to develop a career in the field of nuclear security broadly.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.


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